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Britons Killed In Afghanistan Suicide Attack
Two British nationals have been killed in a bomb blast and gun attack in the Afghan capital Kabul.
The Foreign Office has confirmed the Britons were among 21 people who died when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a restaurant and two gunmen entered and opened fire. One was a staff member at the EU Police Mission in the country.
A total of thirteen foreign nationals died, including two US citizens and two Canadians. It is the deadliest attack on foreigners in the country since the start of the war in Afghanistan in 2001.
The death toll includes five women, four foreign and one Afghan. Three members of staff at the United Nations died, as did the head of the International Monetary Fund in Afghanistan, Wabel Abdallah.
An Afghan official said the gunmen were shot dead by security forces when they arrived at the scene. Sporadic bouts of gunfire continued for around an hour after the explosion.
The Taliban said it carried out the attack on†La Taverna du Liban†in revenge for an Afghan military operation earlier this week against insurgents that the fighters claimed killed civilians.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement: "The target of the attack was a restaurant frequented by high ranking foreigners ... where the invaders used to dine with booze and liquor in the plenty."
He added that the attack had delivered a "heavy admonitory blow to the enemy which they shall never forget".
Kebab cook Abdul Majid, who suffered leg fractures in the blast, said: "I was sitting with my friends in the kitchen when an explosion happened and smoke filled the kitchen.
"A man came inside shouting and he started shooting. One of my colleagues was shot and fell down. I ran to the roof and threw myself to the neighbouring property."
Several members of kitchen staff survived by fleeing to the roof, where they remained until they were rescued by police.
A cook named Suleiman said: "When I was in the kitchen, I heard an explosion outside. Then all the guys escaped up and I went to the roof and stayed with my back to the chimney for two or three hours."
Like many places that are popular with diplomats, aid workers and businessmen in Afghanistan, the restaurant has no signs indicating its location and is heavily secured.
It has no windows, bags of dirt are piled up outside to act as blast walls and guests are searched before entering the premises.
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